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Ashford...great school
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2013
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I attended Ashford University from 2009-2013 and thought that my learning experience was terrific. Going to Ashford is like anything else in life, if you put the effort in you will succeed. Ashford University offers a lot of people a chance to succeed but some of these people do not put the proper effort into their studies and then complain when they fail classes and lose the money they invested. As a student of Ashford I turned in every assignment in a four year period and received help from instructors whenever I needed it and as a result I graduated with a 3.83 GPA. In my four year journey at Ashford I was fully aware of the attack on the university by Liberal senator Tom Harkin, which resulted in me writing him a letter. After watching the assault come full circle over my four years at Ashford I formed the hypothesis that liberals (so called progressives) hate online, for-profit education because they hate profit, and they no longer control the monopoly on higher learning that has allowed them to indoctrinate America's youth for the last 75 years. Ashford University may make a profit but profit creates competition in the marketplace therefore making the university better in the long run. Also we must remember that schools like Harvard have endowments upwards of 2 billion dollars, that's not profit? In the end I would recommend Ashford University to anyone looking to further their education, but specifically those people who have to work 40 hours a week to support a family, Ashford gives you a chance to learn and work.

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Put in the work and it's worth the effort
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Degree: Human Resources
Graduation Year: 2015
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Hi, I wondered about the online environment and wanted to return to school but work and family obligations made it difficult to attend a traditional college. I found the online at Ashford to be a worthy investment. I liked that it was also a brick and mortar school established in 1918. Also, i have a few very good and extremely smart friends that attended for their MS program in HR. This was enough for me. Now, I have had to do a lot of work and remain focused over the past four years and I highly recommend Ashfor for others; as long as you are focused and ready to put in the work. It is necessary to be able to provide good feedback to some that aren't at the same level as you. I say this in response to one of the posts I just read regarding Ashford. The post is from someone in Maryland (as I am) and the complaint is written in a way that suggests the person should have continued in the program. I had a lot of frustration with people that weren't putting in the work and I did challenge these individuals to not only think about what they were doing, but to pay attention to what they are writing -- I give no credit to the post that I mention given they have no credibility simply because of how poorly the post was written! None-the-less, I found my time at Ashford to be helpful and rewarding, a lot of work and a lot of time but certainly worth it to me. I plan to attend another online program for my MS degree and the school change is only for variety! I hope this helps -- do the research but weigh all the information. I can say, after some time at Ashford I was pleasantly surprised by the Forbes joining the University. I think it adds to the legitimacy of the program.

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I would highly recommend Ashford University!
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015
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I am very disappointed to see the negative comments about Ashford. Every member of staff I ever spoke to was very friendly and as helpful as possible. I have attended for four years and never had any problems with staff or instructors. My advisers always responded in a timely manner and I feel I have received a quality education at Ashford and will most likely go on to get my Master's there. The problem is that many people are not disciplined enough to supervise themselves through life. A college degree is you responsibility and no one else's. If you do not take care of things the right way, bad things can happen such as some of the ones I have seen mentioned on this site. I kept my ducks in a row and managed four years of online schooling with this university with minimal technical difficulties. Their prices are in line with every other similar college I checked in to. I would highly recommend Ashford University to any and everyone!

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Rude Professors and staff
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015
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I would not recommend Ashford University at all. The professors are rude and disgusting. The will insult you on your feedback about your paper or journal. Also you might get insulted about your posting on the discussion board. Also if they ask you question in your discussion post don't answer cause some will get insulted. For instance I responded to the professor reply to my discussion and he was upset with me. The professors feedback on my paper was basically calling me stupid. his Exact words----Don't you think . Not to mention the recruiter who lied.

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Graduatefinally - about 1 month ago

I totally understand what you are saying and totally agree. A very few were good professors out of all of them. I was supposed to graduate last year but because of their mistake I paid double for it. Sucks. Want to go back to school but it will be a different school.

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Kayli - 20 days ago

Really? If you were called names belittled or whatever on your feedback wouldnt you have gotten them fired? and all of them? Seriously? I know there is always going to be the occasional instructor worthy of complaining about but how long did you attend? One class? maybe two? I have been attending since March 2012 and have yet to complain about anyone. The only complaint I had was with one teacher and found it not worth it as it was just she didnt respond to an email I sent but that was the only issue and only time so not really worth the complaint. All of my feedback comes back with constructive criticism not criticism so that I can learn from my mistakes and not make them again next time. I highly doubt all of your instructors were as bad as you say. Probably one maybe two that upset you so bad that you felt it worth giving all the instructors a bad rap over it.

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Paul - 19 days ago

There are ways to file a complaint about teachers who are not professional. I have been taking classes with Ashford since 2009 ( I graduate this August) and not once have I ever had a teacher/instructor/professor ever responded to me in that way. The only issue that I have had is from other students who are too sensitive to criticism about their discussion board work. In fact, I am shocked and saddened at the level of incompetence of new students right out of high school who do not know how to properly spell words or use proper punctuation. Just like your comments. That is why we are in school....to learn. You have shown no evidence of a "rude professor" or a recruiter that "lied". That's another thing that we learn in school, how to do research and analysis when writing. Something that you obviously have not done. Maybe you need to go to community college to get up to speed with your academic skills before coming online and disparaging (look it up in the dictionary) a school that you really have no experience in taking classes with.

Great program, amazing people, what else could ...
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016
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For starters, I am upset to see how many people had negative comments about this school. While I have been enrolled at Ashford since June, 2012 I have had nothing but great experiences. I read a comment in which someone noted that the scheduling is done by a computer, I did not know this. When I have a question or when I chose to add minors, I let my advisor know and he scheduled them right away. As for the financial aid people, whenever I need their assistance I email them, and they seriously call me within that same day and email me in case I miss their call. The student portal is so easy and useful in keeping track of everything, not to mention that the instructors are amazing. Some even offer their phone number so we can call them for assistance since they cannot be glued to the computer and respond to emails as quick as they would like. I am very sorry for those who received some type of negative experience because I am sure that that is what kept them form really appreciating the education they received. I love Ashford and will probably be signing up to the Masters program. Oh and lets not forget that this is a school designed to let you work as you can as long as you meet deadlines. Having three little girls, I enjoy and appreciate the time I have to raise them all while still getting my education.

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Literally the worst decision you could make
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Graduation Year: 2014
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This place is the epitome of scam. I don't allow (strongly discourage) any of my Sailors from attending this "school." It's a waste of money, the degrees mean nothing, and anyone who gets a degree from there will likely not even make it to the interview portion of the job process. After speaking with about a dozen HR reps after hearing so much trouble from my former Sailors were having finding a job, I've come to the conclusion that no degree is better than one from Ashford. Ashford applications typically get thrown in the trash simply because employers know it isn't a legitimate school, it's a money making scheme. You don't even need to show proof of HS or GED to get in. I can't wait to meet a guy who calls himself a doctor after getting a PHD from this place.

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Cindy Gose - about 1 month ago

You are way off base. Number one Ashford is an accredited university. Number two I not only was granted an interview but was offered the job my first interview before my schooling was complete because of my education at Ashford. Ashford's fees although high are in line with every other college I checked in to before deciding on Ashford. I absolutely had to turn in a high school transcript and test out of the classes I received college credit for in 1987 to ensure I had retained the information learned. Maybe your attitude is a direct reflection on why you sailors could not find jobs.

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peter pelayo - about 1 month ago

In regards to your scam statement. The school has been around since 1918, is nationally accredited, is under a quality management review, and is in partnership with Forbes to develop their business program.

In regards to a waste of money please tell me what university is cheap? I'll wait. Please also tell me how you have approached any class you have ever taken. Did you put in 100% in every assignment, project, response, book and line, and communicate with your professors?

What is most important, did you apply anything you learned outside of the classroom or make a point to find opportunities to use your education in your job or life? Because if not, then you scammed yourself thinking a piece of paper or GPA is a guarantee in life for whatever you want out of a job. That is hilarious.

I am a full time student and full time aerospace technician and manager in my field and have quite frankly found my education to not only help with my ability to reason and communicate, but also in my own personal life. Could I have gotten all this information from a library and done it myself? Yes. But we don't live in a world where your words can validate yourself without an institution for your credentials, not all the time, but most of the time.

My transcripts transferred over smoothly from my community college history and I have a detailed progress report on my GPA, grades, tuition, upcoming courses, and expectant graduation date. If you want any evidence for anything I said, email me peterpelayo@yahoo.com and I can provide just exactly how well this place is run. As someone that is a potential business owner, worker in a highly run professional field, and former community college student and Cerritos and El Camino College, this place runs like an institution should.

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Peter Pelayo

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Joe - about 1 month ago

Jay,

You really do not know Ashford University. To start with, the college does not offer PhD programs, therefore, which Ashford are you talking about? I did a BA in Ashford in Organizational Management and went to gain admission into George Washington University with that degree to do a master degree in Project Management and I found a job in DC with that bachelor's degree from Ashford. Be truth to yourself and honorable if really you are a sailor or are you a drunken sailor?

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Bertha - 14 days ago

Hi Jay,

I'm currently taking classes with Ashford University. I'm due to graduate in 2016. I am also pursuing a BA in Organization Management. Do you mind sharing which organization hired you? After reading reviews and such I'm starting to feel like I may have a difficult time landing a job with the degree obtain from Ashford.

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Degree: Early Childhood Education
Graduation Year: 2015
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I was contacted by Ashford recruiting. I explained that I was looking for a program for earning my teaching credential for the elementary level and was guaranteed that their program would help me. Foolishly I trusted what I was told. As my senior year began I had still not taken any courses towards the elementary level of education. I had questioned why all my classes were geared toward preschool and was told over and over again that this was a beginning point and that the classes I was talking about would come later. The last straw came when I was assigned a course in preschool administration. I called my academic adviser (the 7th one in 3 years) and he finally got back to me the beginning of the third week of the course (too late to drop it). After that course, I called him again and was finally able to pin him down, "No, Ashford does not offer the credential program you need to get your teaching certificate". I accused him of lying to me and he said that he never promised me I'd get my credential, that he said I would get a bachelor's degree and that all you need in most states to teach. However; from the very beginning I wanted my credential and always mentioned it when talking about my future. When I found a new university and applied for my transcript, and suddenly had a balance due. I called the finance office for an explanation and the one they gave made no sense, but I can return to classes at Ashford immediately. They won't release my transcript until I pay the balance in full as long as I want to go to another school. So, I can return to taking classes from them, but they won't let me get an education anywhere else.

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Amy - 2 months ago

I'm really sorry that happened to you. There is no bigger disappointment, when u should be excited that your life that u have worked so hard for, turns out to be a fraud.

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Jay - 2 months ago

Don't worry, no actual university will accept credits from Ashford anyway so them holding your transcript is inconsequential.

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Too many advisors - about 1 month ago

I know what you mean. I was there for three years. I went through four or five. The first two were great and after that they sucked. I am waiting to pay off a balance so I can get my transcripts and my degree.

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Ray - about 1 month ago

Well if you would read the fine print, and also RESEARCH the profession you would like to go into, you would know that in order to get your teachers certification you would need a BACHELORS DEGREE! After you get your bachelors degree you would then enter a teaching program that will get you certified. By then, you would already have the credits necessary to receive your certification. Teachers certifications vary state by state, so NO! Of course they wouldn't be able to supply you with a teachers certification. They are an online school based in CA. Secondly, if you read the information they had under each and every Education degree, it states that they do not offer it! It such a shame that so many people are downing this school for issues that are truly their own fault. I just read a post that gave the school a bad name because she claims that they put a virus on her computer. Really? Your going to blast this school and give them terrible ratings because of something you did. Smh! I have graduated from Ashford, took my prerequisites at a traditional brick and mortar school and have been accepted into a medical program. So to the person who says that no one will accept your credits is extremely misinformed. If you were to research, you would find that most if not all regionally accredited college/university will accept Ashford Universitys credits.

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Shawna - 21 days ago

Hi, I am so sorry you went through this. I too went through the same thin with Ashford and I did start with University of Phoenix. I have yet to have my transcript released but working hard to have it released so that I am not repeating any courses. Good Luck!

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Ray, I am very happy for successful experience, but your experience doesn't seem to be the norm. I live in California. They contacted me and promised me that they had the program that I needed to get my teaching degree. It wasn't until towards the end of my junior year that I discovered that they had been deceiving me. Up until that point, I had no reason to doubt a word I was told. So, excuse me for being naive enough to take people at their word, and never suspecting that they were scamming me.

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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015
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I am about to finish my Bachelor's Degree at Ashford University, my experience with Ashford (Online) has been nothing but positive, every single staff member I had contact with has demonstrated excellent professionalism and promptness. As graduation time nears, I am almost sad to leave the online classroom and seriously considering signing up for a Master's in Education because I am not ready to stop learning just yet. I recommend Ashford University to anyone looking to further their education one class at a time. I am sorry to learn there are some unhappy customers and really hope Ashford does everything possible to keep everyone at a good stand as they (Ashford) have done with me. Best of luck to all

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Enjoyed and learned
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2011
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Great experience. I truly gained the knowledge and writing experience needed to enhance my current career in education. While any online program is demanding the consistent course structure was a great support for an online accelerated graduate program

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Don't recommend
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2009
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Wouldn't recommend this school to my worst enemy. They lied to me and messed my credit up and made it to where I couldn't go back to school till I had there's paid off I'm now almost 30 and finally going to nursing school to start my career. I recommend you not to do online schooling.

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elenor sparks - 2 months ago

A professor at this school was giving the students a hard time and not responding to them. Student's turned her in and most of them were punished for plagerism. I think it's strange none of these students had trouble in the past from any professor. I think something is wrong with this and wrong with this so called school.

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